We appreciate your patience!
Since many parts of the state suffered damage from Irma, debris collection contractors are in short supply. To keep pace with collections, the city's Solid Waste Division extended its work hours and now has crews working on Saturdays and Sunday to hasten debris removal.
Initially the contractor and city crews will work to remove vegetative debris but will also be picking up other items, such as demolition material and household goods. Rather than concentrate on just one part of the city, collections will be ongoing in all parts of the city simultaneously.
The public's patience is urged as the city works to clear all the remnants of this storm as soon as possible and continuing to assist by separating debris (see this illustration), and remembering that no debris is to be placed in bags, even small vegetative debris. It is important for those collecting to know what material is being picked-up and bags make that difficult. Additionally, plastic bags cannot be recycled. Review the FAQs below.
Commercial properties are responsible for removal of their own debris caused by Hurricane Irma, including construction and demolition materials and discarded furnishings. Businesses should avoid placing demolition and construction debris in the right-of-way where it will block access to driveways, parking lanes or sidewalks, and to avoid placing such debris in dumpsters reserved for regular garbage and recycling materials.
At this time, the city does not have dumpsters or roll-offs available for rent, and businesses must not use their regular trash containers for storm debris. Debris not removed from commercial property may be removed by the city as a health hazard and the property owner will be responsible for the cost.
Any business needing assistance in arranging for debris removal should contact the Public Works Department at 904-825-1040.
- Shouldn’t leaves and small debris be bagged or placed in a container?
NO. It is important not to bag debris because vegetative debris cannot be mixed with anything else. Debris is collected using a “claw” that grabs whole piles of leaves, limbs, and brush; containers cannot be emptied by the claw.
- What are the five separate debris piles?
A mixed pile of debris will not be picked up. Residents can speed up collection by separating debris as follows:
- Vegetative Debris: Leaves, logs, plants, and tree branches. Do not place any vegetative debis in bags - they will not be picked up.
- Construction & Demolition Debris: Building materials, carpet, drywall, furniture, lumber, mattresses, and plumbing. If the work is being performed by the resident, debris may be left curbside, separated from other material. If a contractor is performing the work, it is their responsibility to remove debris.
- Appliances & White Goods: tables, chairs, couches, bookcases. Keep separate from other debris, and may be spray painted to make undesirable to scavengers.
- Electronics: Computers, radios, stereos, televisions, and other devices with a cord. Keep separate from other debris. May be collected last, after larger debris piles are removed.
- Household hazardous waste: cleaning supplies, batteries, lawn chemicals, oils, paints and stains, and pesticides. Must be kept separate from other debris piles.
- Will the city return to its regular schedule for household garbage and recycling collections?
YES. On Monday Sep. 18th, regular service schedules will resume with Monday-Tuesday household garbage collections and Thursday-Friday recycling collections. Residents should use trash carts as intended: brown for household garbage and green for recyclables; do not mix with storm debris.
- What determines the collection schedules, and are different crews collecting different types of debris?
YES. There are teams dedicated to vegetative debris, and others to construction/demolition debris and still others working on household furnishings. It is likely that residents will see one team pass through and collect only one type of debris, then on another day, a different team will pass though collecting something else. Several factors determine collection schedules, including where the most debris is located, type of debris, if it is properly separated, will removal help clear roadways, and also simply getting into an area and servicing every street.
- Who collects debris from businesses and commercial properties?
Commercial properties are responsible for removal of their own storm-related debris, including construction/demolition materials and discarded furnishings. At this time, the city does not have dumpsters or roll-offs available for rent, and businesses must not use their regular trash containers for storm debris. NOTE: Any debris remaining at a commercial property may be removed by the city as a health hazard and the property owner will be charged for the cost.
- Is there a way I can know when debris is being collected on my street?
NO, not specifically since debris collection teams are working simultaneously in several areas so every neighborhood receives services. Also, during the day, as a team completes one area, they are reassigned immediately so collection is non-stop. In the coming days and weeks, progress will be posted at www.CityStAug.com.
- After debris has been collected, may I put more items curbside for pickup?
YES, for an estimated period of 4 weeks (September 16 to October 13). There will be continuous passes through the city for the duration of the recovery period. The final, official deadline for storm debris collection will be announced in advance; however, the target completion date is Friday, October 13.